In his 1998 novel, author William Boyd created a fictional abstract expressionist painter named Nat Tate, and fooled the art world with a little help from his 'Modern Painters' magazine colleague David Bowie. Sotheby’s sale of David Bowie’s art collection, Bowie/Collector, will take place in London on 10–11 November.
Henri Chwast is one of the pioneers who, in the early 1970s, rediscovered and championed many artworks of the 1920s, from artists and designers such as Eileen Gray and Jean Dunand. A secret collector, known only to several big Parisian dealers, he died almost 25 years ago, leaving intact his compact collection consisting of about sixty masterpieces created by a small number of first-rate artists including Clément Rousseau, Pierre Chareau and Bernard Boutet de Monvel. Here, his children outline his career ahead of the upcoming sale in Paris.
David Bowie was not just a collector of art, but an informed authority on the subject. This was most clearly demonstrated in his role as an active member on the Editorial Board of Modern Painters magazine, and the founding of his arts publishing house, 21. He contributed regular in-depth interviews with artists such as Tracey Emin, Balthus and Damien Hirst. Click ahead to read Bowie's observations on the art and artists that surrounded and fascinated him. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
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